Thursday, March 7, 2013

Heaven Sent by David Walker

Have you ever wondered about good and evil?
Does life just happen?
Or does God bring opportunities your way?
Where do you turn when you feel down?

Stories of great faith surround us. Strengthen your faith and wonder in God's amazing power. Heaven Sent is a collection of stories of real people's devotion and spiritual insight to inspire and lift you up.



One evening, an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between the two wolves inside us all.
"One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Author Unknown
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Sometimes truth is so simple and common we overlook it. What could be more obvious than the fact that what is fed grows and what is not fed dies?
If you’re a born-again Christian, you have God’s Holy Spirit inside you. It’s that still, small voice that never yells at you. It just tugs lightly at the corner of your mind and whispers truth to you.
A lot is made in the wisdom of this world about the conscience. “Follow your conscience. It’ll show you what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Actually not. I can lie to my conscience, and it can lie to me. If I lie enough, or participate in enough wrongdoing, my conscience can become so jaded it doesn’t even know right from wrong.
If I’m faced with an opportunity to something enjoyable but wrong, I can convince my conscience that it’s okay. Everybody else does it. It doesn’t really hurt anyone. No one will ever know. You’ve heard all the excuses. If you’re like me, you’ve probably used most of them at one time or another. When we do that, we’re feeding the wrong wolf.
The Holy Spirit resident in each of us is not subject to such manipulation. He knows right from wrong, even when we have our consciences deluded into believing wrong is right. That’s the voice we need to listen to. It will always have us feeding the right wolf.
The Blood of Jesus

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident.
As time went on she became a faithful member of the church.  She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans.
This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand.
The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be.  He began to speak and his statement was this: "My fiancĂ©e’s past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"
The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Author Unknown
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A high school history teacher once announced to my class that more wars had been fought over religion than all other causes put together. I don’t know how accurate that statement is, but I believe more Christian testimonies are ruined and more Christian growth stunted by religion than any other cause.
Almost any Christian can explain that we are saved by grace and not by anything we do—not by obeying the law or by living up to a list of do’s and don’t’s—it’s all grace. Yet, as soon as a person gets saved, we wonderful Christian brothers and sisters give him or her a list of things to do or not to do in order to be a “good Christian.”
Or, like the people in this story, we decide that a person’s past was so bad we can’t really accept him or her into our circle of friends. Yeah, it’s okay to let that person attend our church, but he or she isn’t really acceptable to us.
Maybe we’re not talking about someone who was once a prostitute. Maybe it’s just a guy who wears his hair too long or doesn’t shower often enough. Or a lady who wears her skirts too short. We decide these people aren’t good enough, and we shun them.
The pastor’s son was correct. When we do this, we’re not judging the fitness of that individual. We’re judging Jesus’s sacrifice and finding it insufficient.
The incarnation, life, ministry, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ were all for the purpose of purchasing forgiveness for Christians. If God—who made the supreme sacrifice of sending His Son to go through all that—has forgiven one of our brothers or sisters, how dare we condemn that person?

About the Author

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states.

He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers’ groups. Two of his books, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. 

David is currently working on a series of novellas taking over where Fancy leaves off early in the Civil War and following her life over a period of the next twenty years or so. Fancy: The Search will be out in October, with others following every couple of months or so.

David is an inveterate traveler and has visited all fifty states, plus seven provinces and one territory in Canada. He and his wife are hoping to see a couple more Canadian provinces this next summer and maybe connect with some blogger friends in the process.

David and his wife also love cruising. On their most recent cruise, to Hawaii, he won the ship’s karaoke contest. Long range plans include a cruise around Australia and New Zealand.

Although he probably won’t ever revive his flying days or his golf game, he does frequently dream of getting back onto a ski slope. Never an expert skier, David loves to ski green and blue slopes and would love to get back after a hiatus of some years. He loves Crested Butte, Colorado, and hopes to get back up there at least one more time.

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David Walker is giving away a copy of Heaven SentTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Library Lady said...

Our library users love books like "Heaven Sent". They are easy to read, hard to forget, and let's us know that God is with us all the time.
Janet E.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good family man and has many experiences behind him. I would love to hear him sing. One of my daughters and two granddaughters love karaoke. Would also like to win this book of his.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Teela said...

David, thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read your book!

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